I love having a raised bed in my garden
Everything is easier when you don’t have to work at ground level. When Our Summer visitor offered to help make mine I jumped at the chance. If you have problems getting down to the ground or bending, a raised bed is the perfect answer.
You can choose the height to suit your needs, and they can look very attractive. If you are building the bed for a friend, be sure to ask about the most comfortable position for them. Some prefer to stand and others need to sit most of the time. A wheelchair user can experiment with a tray on a chair, adjusting the height with books, or something, to find their ideal level.
A raised bed must not be too wide to reach all the way across either, unless work can be done from both sides.
The overall look can vary by choosing plants that like to tumble over the sides, and some look best when they do so, or you can have everthing contained within the bed for a neater look.
Before I had the raised bed I would often hesitate to start anything because of the difficulty of getting up and down – especially if I forgot a tool!
There is a certain freedom in being able to go out and do a little bit when the sun comes out.
Here’s a video showing a cheap way of making a raised bed.
Here are some extracts on other people’s thoughts on raised beds:
DIY Your Way To A Beautiful Raised Garden
So, you want to have a summer’s worth of fresh salads to have with your dinners. Growing your own vegetables is a super healthy, inexpensive and delicious way to feed your family. Here are some great garden ideas for any size backyard. You can spend as much or as little as you would like on these raised garden beds.
Growing up, my mom had a raised flower bed made of old railroad ties. I always looked forward to the big juicy tomatoes and peas her garden produced every summer. There is just something about vegetables handpicked out of your own garden.
I would really like to try number 9 by my back fence. It is a great looking, efficient use of space. Although the dogs may have something to say about that. I’ll need to look up ways to keep them from digging up the garden beds. Any suggestions on how you keep dogs out of the garden? Cesar Millan has some helpful things to say about it!
DIY Raised Garden Beds | The Owner-Builder Network
DIY Raised Garden Beds
Raised garden beds are great if you have anything less than good soil and are also kind on gardeners back.
Simple raised garden beds are ideal for small gardens. If your yard could only use one or two garden beds, then these simple ideas are for you!
When building your raised garden, you would want to avoid chemically treated lumber especially if you are growing your own produce. The best woods to use for this kind of DIY project are cedar and redwood as both are naturally rot resistant.
- 1×6 Cedar
- 1×3.5 Cedar
- Galvanized Screws
- 20 ft of 2×2 Redwood
- Measuring Tape
- Miter Saw
- Cordless Drill